Free Ten Frame Matching Game

Oct 9, 2015

Activity for ages 4 to 6.

Fall is here, and it’s always fun to incorporate the season into some engaging learning activities! This ten frame matching game is perfect for the season. It’s a fun way to develop number sense and, since it can be played in different ways, is great for differentiation!

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Getting Ready

To prepare this fun matching game, I printed out the cards {below} and laminated them for durability and extended use.

I cut out the cards and separated them into two piles – the trees and the leaves.

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Ten Frame Matching Game

My students and I played the game a few different ways, depending on the level and needs of each child.

To start out, we picked a tree and then counted the dots in the ten frame on the leaves until we found a match. We then placed those cards near or on each other to show that they were paired up, continuing until all of the cards had been matched.

As the kids got a bit faster at recognizing numbers in ten frames, we switched to pulling a leaf, quickly saying its number and finding its match. This was great practice for subitizing {recognizing the quantity instantly without having to count} too!

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Even More Ways to Play

You can work on other skills with these cards as well, such as number order 1-10 by placing the trees or leaves in order.

Want more of a challenge? Pick two trees or ten frames and add them together.

Or you can even grab a leaf and work with your child to solve the missing addend to make ten! For instance, if she turned over three, she would figure out that she needed seven more to make ten.

Download Your Game

Are you ready to play? Grab your free matching game by clicking the blue button below and then hop over and grab our free pumpkin ten frame sheets and 1-40 pumpkin puzzles!

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8 Comments

  1. Mary

    My daughter is expecting twins in a couple weeks. I have a four-year-old granddaughter and since I am a teacher, I am interested in creating some independent activities for her.

    Reply
  2. Amy

    I can’t seem to get the link for the leaf / tree download. If you could tell me what I am doing wrong it would be greatly appreciated.

    Love your site!

    Amy

    Reply
  3. Hannah

    I can’t seem to get the download for the matching leaf to a 10 frame game. When I click on the blue download button, it gives me the pumpkin ten frame sheet. Please help!

    Reply
    • Ashley

      So sorry about that Hannah. We’ll work on getting it resolved.
      I emailed you!
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      Reply
      • Lesley

        Ditto! Anyway you could email it to me as well? Thank you…..great idea! 🙂

        Reply
        • Ashley

          Emailing you info now Lesley 😀
          Warmly,
          Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

          Reply
  4. Julie

    This is so cute! I linked your activity on my free fall printables roundup on hislifelearner.com Thank you for sharing your work!

    Reply
    • Ashley

      Thank you for linking back to us and not using one of our images on your blog.
      We really appreciate it!
      Warmly,
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      Reply

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